Posts Tagged ‘cupcakes’

Inspiration for a 1950s Oscars & Hollywood Themed Wedding

I am a huge fan of the Oscars – every year I try staying up for the whole event (every year I fall asleep before they announce Best Picture). I really love making a thing of it, and I always make sure we have Oscars-themed canapés and a bottle of bubbly! I could therefore run wild with an event combining the 1950s and the Oscars, and I think it’s a fabulous idea for a wedding reception. Think guests in black tie, women in long cocktail dresses, champagne, sophistication and glamour. Oooh doesn’t that sound incredible?

First of all (of course), you have to tell your guests this is a black tie affair. To be ultra 50s of course your female guests should be wearing white gloves and carrying evening bags.

Frank Sinatra at the 1956 Oscars - Source

Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd at the 1957 Oscars – Source

…and the Groomsmen should be in black tie too of course.

Gigi wins Best Picture Oscar – 1958 – Source

Photo via Le Noeud Papillon

As for your own outfit, it’s all about the full-length wedding gown.

‘Joslin’ full-length wedding gown from Alexandra King

‘Audrey’ wedding dress from Charlotte Casadejus

Jenny Packham wedding dresess (left – ‘Ariel’, right – ‘Gaia’)

You’ll need a fabulous entrance of course. Red carpet leading into the reception venue is a must, as is you and your husband’s name in lights! In fact there are quite a few old cinemas that will rent out to weddings, so do a little digging and just ring up and ask if you’re not sure if it’s possible.

The venue for the 1954 Oscars – Source

© Joey Brown via Artrick Playground

Popcorn is also an essential treat for your guests. You can be really creative with this – build a popcorn tower or have bowls scattered around. I love those retro popcorn boxes which you can buy on Amazon at £1.75 for 8.

© Troy Grover Photographers via Ruffled blog

Use old film reels and other cinema props to add to that movie theme.

© Troy Grover Photographers via Ruffled blog

For wedding invitations, it’s all about black, white and sparkle! I think the more simple the better for an Oscars & Hollywood themed wedding as it’s all about style and grace.

‘Bejewelled’ wedding invitations from Knots & Kisses

Custom wedding invitation from Kynsie & Cole

For wedding favours I found these fabulous retro popcorn candles from Wedding Favours Kingdom. Each one comes in a striped gift box with a ‘for you’ tag. They’re so cute! They’re priced at £2.48 or £1.88 each when you buy 6 or more.

I’m also loving these stainless steal bow tie hip flasks from The Hair of the Dog – perfect for the men in your bridal party. Prices are US$90 for 5.

For a wedding cake, black and white really suit that Oscars & Hollywood feel. Of course you can be really creative with that…

Left – Source, Right – Source


…and for something entirely different, check out these cupcakes!

©  Posh Tot Events - Source


Now aren’t you just pining after a 1950s Hollywood themed wedding?

Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly at the Oscars in 1955 – Source

Have a lovely day everyone, and a very happy Wedding Wednesday!

Charlie x ♥

1950s Inspired Cakes, Cake Pops & Cupcakes

Today on the blog I’m talking about something very close to my heart – food! Not just any old food of course – we’re talking cakes! These days couples are much more likely to be experimental with their choice of cake, and it’s no longer considered necessary to have the traditional fruitcake. Indeed I’ve been to weddings that have cheesecake, cupcakes, chocolate cakes and Victoria sponges. Another type of cake treat popping up is ironically the ‘cake pop’. These are fantastic fun, and perfect for little sweet nibbles or canapés. In fact over the last few months I’ve been collating my favourite cake pops from around the net on Pinterest. It’s a work in progress but you can see how far I’ve got here!

For anyone planning a 50s style wedding the cake probably features somewhere on your list, and I’ve got the pick of some of my favourite retro cakes here. I’m not much of a sponge person I’ll be honest, but for me the allure is all in the presentation. I love art, and to me these are works of art.

1950s Inspired Cupcakes

Let’s start with cupcakes – they are so cute and were my cake of choice for my own wedding. We had a mixture of big and little ones, and wanted to incorporate pastel 50s inspired colours. I couldn’t resist a little sparkle too, and we added detail with flowers and bumble bees!

© Matt Foden Photography

Those pastel colours really work well for a 50s style wedding, especially if those are the kind of colours you’ve gone for with your wedding decor. To make your cupcakes fit even more so with your vintage wedding, why not put a few in vintage teacups? I think this is a brilliant idea. These ones below by Cotton and Crumbs look amazing don’t you think?

© Cotton and Crumbs

The 1950s also conjures up images of polka dots of course, and these ones fit the bill so well.

© Cakes by Robin

© Cotton and Crumbs

Regular readers will also know that I’m a huge fan of the 1950s American diner style cupcakes. These ones by Star Bakery look yummy scrummy.

© Liana Stevens/ Star Bakery

…and as for these retro caramel sundae cupcakes, I think I’ve just died and gone to foodie heaven.

© Source

1950s Style Wedding Cakes

In the 1950s the wedding cake was traditionally stacked, though rich American celebrities often went for pillars (the bigger the better in their book). Intricate beading and flower details usually featured, as shown on these cakes below…

Left – Jacqui & John Kennedy, 1953 (source), Right – 1957 bride © Nick deWolfe

For a modern twist but still keeping that retro theme, check out some of these. This one below by Fancy Nancy is exquisite – it looks like something straight out of a vintage tea party.

© Fancy Nancy

Or you can mimic that beautiful pearl detail just like these yummy wedding cakes below.

© Cotton and Crumbs

For a modern twist on 50s polka dots, I’m loving these ones too…

© Harrison Long Photography

© Zoe Clark Cakes© Jel Photography

For some really alternative wedding cakes, you could take inspiration from those gorgeous vintage sewing patterns. These ones below by Peggy Porschen really have the wow factor.

© Peggy Porschen

Retro Cake Pops

The humble cake pop may not make it to your top table, but they’re certainly a fab nibble to have scattered around your reception venue in jars. I guarantee they’ll be a hit. People love that they’re just a little bite, so there’s none of the guilt and all of the pleasure!


These cake pops look utterly delicious in these 1950s colours.

© Aregrayline

These candy cane cake pops look like something straight out of an American diner with the red and white colours. You can find the full recipe here.

© Hostess with the Mostess

Or for true American diner style these hamburgers from Bakerella are perfect (follow this link for the full recipe too).

© Bakerella

Now is that enough to wet your appetite? If you’ve got any masterful cake recipes do post a link below. I’m all for drooling over cake photos too (mmmm…)

Have a fab day!

Charlie x ♥

Fifties Friday – A 1950s American Diner Inspired Picnic Photo Shoot

I’m incredibly excited about today’s post because it has been a long time coming since I first had the idea to do this shoot. It’s the result of a host of super designers & suppliers helping out, not to mention my lovely friends and the amazingly talented Tino & Pip Photography. What I really wanted to capture in these photos was summer sun and good friends, while showcasing some the talents of some fabulous little businesses. The inspiration was classic 50s American diner meets summer picnic. I am so pleased with the results! Tino & Pip Photography have worked their magic on these photos. I love how they have captured the light – it’s like taking in a breath of fresh summer air looking at these photos. Please do visit the Tino & Pip Photography website for more examples of their work – they are truly talented and such a lovely couple (who recently got engaged – yay!).

The models were my very good friends who I have known since school – Fenella, Annabel & Fleur. A huge thanks to them for participating! Here we all are (that’s me top left), then Fleur (next to me), Annabel (bottom left) and Fenella.

My dog Loki managed to sneak in a couple of shots too. He had a whale of a time that day with so many people around.

The 50s style dresses are all Oh My Honey – designed and made by the lovely Louise of Oh My Honey who you can see below! The dresses fit so well and I just adore those petticoats. They would make perfect bridesmaid dresses for a fifties wedding too.

Laura of Genii Cupcakes made the most fantastic American Diner style cupcakes. The chocolate fudge sundae ones were out of this world, and with her hamburger cakes she showed just how creative you can be with cakes! I was so impressed. She is an artist indeed. She should have a cupcake/cake art exhibition. Oooh now there’s an idea!

Fenella’s gorgeous necklace is a Chez Bec creation with her very Audrey Hepburn vintage style hair comb by the wonderful Jo Barnes. Annabel wore a hair comb by Chez Bec, and Fleur & I wore headbands by the very talented Natasha Jane. I LOVE mine! Bows rule.

Hannah and Jola from Just Heaven were amazing at transforming us from 21st Century into 1950s folk. They also had a little help from the Vintage Cosmetic’s Company’s false eyelashes to help us get those Audrey eyes.

I had great fun with the styling too. Such a shame my mum was on holiday at the time as she would have loved doing it too. In fact most of the props were bits n bobs my mum had, with a little help from her friend who had a fabulous collection of 50s things. Even those sundae glasses are from the 50s! I made the burgers much to the delight of Loki’s nose (and Ant’s, who very patiently kept his eye on Loki all day and made us tea).

And those invitations you spy are by invitation designer & illustrator Lucy Ledger. Love those colours. They went so well with the american diner picnic theme!

It was such a fun day. I have to say we were very lucky with the weather!

So what do you reckon? Does it make you want to have a picnic with your friends? Does it make you want to run in the long grass? Are you suitably 50s-inspired? Let us all know what you think and do leave a comment!

You can also see our behind the scenes photos here via our Facebook page.

Biggest thanks ever go to Penny & Martin of Tino & Pip Photography, and all the fab people who helped out on the shoot. Please do visit their websites below and show the love!

Charlie x ♥



New York Wedding Inspiration & a New York Trip for Me!

Today I am whisking Ant off on a surprise 30th birthday trip to New York (*huge grin*) and so it’s the perfect reason to post some inspiration for a New York inspired 50s wedding.

Above – Audrey Hepburn looks up at Times Square in 1951

(c) Time Life Pictures/Getty Image

I can’t not start off without rambling about our trip though :) The last time I went to New York was about 8 years ago so I am definitely due for one. It’s such a buzzy & exciting city, and I can’t wait to sample all the yummy food too! I wanted to do something really special for Ant this year since it’s one of the big birthdays, and a surprise trip I thought would be so special. My secret planning began in early December when I asked Ant’s mum to invite him for a fake trip to theirs over his birthday. I was worried about being able to afford the cost of it all, but thank goodness for the BA flight sale and my fabulous parents who gave us a joint birthday/xmas present of a few nights in a hotel. Now it’s here I am so ridiculously excited!!

In fact we have featured a New York 50s style wedding on the blog before. Rowena and Darren’s wedding conjures up images of Central Park in the 50s I think. So beautiful. Their tables were named after places they had visited in New York too.

(c) Tobias Key Photography

I also found these great pictures taken in 1950s New York. A great starting point to feel inspired!

1956 Little Italy, New York – (c) Leonard Freed/Magnum

1955 Central Park – Source

Feb 1954, Times Square, New York – (c) Andreas Feininger/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

If you’re thinking of having a New York theme for your wedding you could extend it to your canapes. Think pastrami & horseradish crostini, mini hot dogs & hamburgers, fresh-baked pretzels. Of course some city cocktails need to be served up with them!

Above – pastrami on garlic bagel recipe via Hey Bernice

Above – Prohibition Punch – the signature cocktail served at Campbell Apartment in Grand Central (click here for recipe)

(champagne, rum, grand marnier passion fruit, lemon & cranberry juice – YUMMY!)

For New York favours how about mini New York Travel guides, old New York postcards, I love NY mints or these personalised New York mint tins available from Favors and Flowers.

For New York cupcakes I think these ones by Paris-based Sugar Daze are just fab! For the ultimate in New York authentic cupcakes I also have on good authority that Crumbs bake some of the best. These summer ‘picnic’ cupcakes below consist of Choclate Sundae, S’mores, Watermelon, Apple Cobbler, Pink Lemonade & Pina Colada. Wow.

I’d be interested to hear if any of our readers are getting married in New York or are thinking of having a New York inspired wedding. Please leave us a comment if you are!

‘An Affair to Remember’ (1957) – Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr

Wishing everyone a great week!

Charlie x

How to Have a 1950s Wedding Tea Party

It’s finally March! Goodbye gloves & winter coat, hello sunshine, daffodils, Ant’s birthday and an end to those dark mornings (nearly). It also gets me excited about the summer months ahead, with dreams of BBQs on the decking and cold glasses of prosecco in the sun. Ah bliss. When the sun shines it is perfect opportunity to celebrate all things outside, and today on the blog we’ve got inspiration for those of you thinking about having an intimate fifties wedding or perhaps a sophisticated 1950s inspired hen do….a good old fashioned tea party!

The inspiration behind this began with Johanna Hehir’s 1950s Tea Party collection. Pastels, vintage crockery, an 50s ice-cream van, cakes and short fifties dresses were meant to be together. A photographers dream me thinks!


(c) Photos - Jayesh Pankhania, Dresses - Johanna Hehir, Crockery - My Vintage Day, Ice-cream can - Vintage Scoops

So what do you need to create your 1950s tea party? Well let’s start with the tea! You’ll need some beautiful vintage crockery to start with. There are lots of places to hire your cups and saucers if you don’t have your own. Fill tea cups with pimms and kir royales, vintage cake stands with homemade biscuits and old sugar pots with jam to have with scones….mmmm yummy!

Above – cakes tands, teacups and sugar pot available for hire from The Tea Set (who have the most fab website – please have a look!)

Mix and match your crockery to give that authentic vintage feel. Think 50s florals and kitsch.

Above – gorgeous vintage teacups from London based Vintage Simplicity, who also styled this fab photo shoot featuring fifties wedding dresses by Joanne Fleming

(c) Lily and Frank

You can’t have tea without cake of course. These totally scrumptious cupcakes below from Genii Cupcakes are not only delicious but have that old-school retro 50s appeal. Below – American Chocolate Fudge Sundae, Ice Cream Cone and (the very 50s) Elvis cupcakes….(*mouth salivating*)

You will of course need lots of flowers too! I’m a huge fan of flowers in vintage teacups. They look so pretty. I’m loving this arrangement from The Flower House


To complete the look you’ll definitely need bunting and vintage table cloths. Some lovely cheerful bunting here…

Cotton Candy fabric bunting – $18USD for 3 strands (10 flags each strand), or $6USD for 1 strand

For easy and cheap table cloths also check out these 1950s inspired fabrics below. Totally bargain Ebay buys too. You don’t need to be an expert sewer to make a table cloth either!

1 2 3

I think a 1950s tea party is a wonderful idea and it’s certainly on my ‘To Do’ list.

Have a great weekend everyone. How on earth has it come round so quick again? Tomorrow on the blog we have some gorgeous ‘alternative bouquets’ for you. V excited about that one!

Charlie x

Dressing Up Your Cake – Vintage Inspired Wedding Cake Toppers

If you’re looking for a vintage cake topper or just something to make your wedding cupcakes stand out, I have found some fab toppers and picks below. All of these cake decorations would be perfect for a vintage, retro or fifties wedding.

First up, for a retro cake topper this couple from That’s My Topper ($79) would be perfect for a fifties wedding cake.

These rock star cupcake toppers from Stylish Celebrations ($9/approx £5.93) would be great in cupcakes for a rock n roll wedding.

These wooden doll cake toppers caught my eye too. Available from Cake Mates ($45/approx £29.63), these customised 3.5 inch cake toppers make a very unique cake topper on your cake. Below are their versions for Prince William and Kate Middleton!

These little love birds from Country Squirrels ($65/approx £42.80) would be ideal for a couple with a country wedding theme. Gorgeous! I particularly like the birdy’s top hat.

From the always wonderful Vintage Twee (one of my favourite online shops for wedding favours and other table decorations) I love these ‘I Do’ lemon cupcake sticks (£3), and these ‘Eat Me’ Alice in Wonderland themed picks (£3). Perfect for brightening up your buffet or wedding cupcakes.

For a DIY vintage cake topper, if you can get hold of a vintage matchbox 1950s car this would make an unusual addition to a cake for a fifties wedding. Perfect for a groom who likes his cars too! I have found one this one on Ebay (AU$ 49).

For another real vintage 1950s cake topper, I found this one on Etsy for $3 from Jeni Junk.

There are lots of ways to dress yo your wedding cake and cupcakes, and it doesn’t have to be the traditional cake topper. Hopefully you’ve found a few ideas on this post.

Have a relaxing Sunday everyone!

Charlie x

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice

CUPCAKES. Works of art. Rather tasty too.

I think cupcakes are just such a beautiful addition to a wedding, and really do make a centrepiece. At our own fifties inspired wedding we had the most gorgeous, moist, scrumtious carrot, lemon and vanilla little and big cupcakes made by Sweet and Fancy Cupcakes, based on our ice-cream colours. It was most fun going to our tasting session too! Unfortunately the dog ate the leftovers before my other half Ant got to them!

Indeed there is a cupcake out there for everyone! You can match them to your wedding colours, and to your vintage, retro or fifties theme. Some of my favourites I have found (retro and not)…

Above – blue rose cupcake from Cakes By Beth, cream soda & cherry cola cupcakes from Hummingbird Bakery, godmother cupcake from Airy Fairy Cupcakes, kendal mint cake, jaffa cake & cherry bakewell vegan cupcakes from MS Cupcakes, cherry & vintage cupcake tower from Vintage and Cake.

It may be surprising to know that I am not actually a ‘cake’ person. If I had to choose it would be ice-cream. However, there is a bit of an artist in me which is why I love cupcakes so much. I have found my ultimate cupcake though! I shall leave you with my favourite ’99 Cupcake’ from Manchester-based Cakes By Beth…mmm…delicious! This one below is vanilla with buttercream, but Beth also tells me its chocolate form is rather tasty too, and (my favourite) carrot with cream cheese frosting.

Happy eating! x


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